2014–2015 Public Health Program (PUBH)

Mission | Program Goals | Program Requirements | Major | Minor | Electives | Course Descriptions

Dean: Sheryl Steadman

Director: Han Kim

The Westminster College Bachelor of Science in Public Health Degree is an academic degree that addresses the health of communities and populations through instruction, service and research. Students who graduate with this degree will be able to utilize these tools to address public health issues with a scientifically sound methodology while remaining holistic, community-oriented and globally conscious.

Philosophy

The program builds on Westminster College’s excellence in liberal arts education by emphasizing the role the humanities and social sciences have in public health, and then adding a commitment to scientific and quantitative sciences in addressing public health problems.

Mission

The Public Health program at Westminster College prepares those interested in a career in public health or health sciences with the proper tools necessary to promote health and prevent illness in Utah, the Intermountain West, the United States and the world. The program is grounded in the belief that effective public health practitioners are properly trained in the core competencies of public health, which include analytic and assessment skills, policy development and program planning skills, communication skills, cultural competency skills, community dimensions of practice skills, basic public health science skills, financial planning and management skills, and leadership and systems thinking skills. We accomplish this while embracing the core values of Westminster College: impassioned teaching and active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence and high ethical standards.

This educational endeavor allows us to prepare public health workers as well as citizens who are truly ready to meet the health challenges of the 21st century and to meet the diverse needs of public health locally, nationally and globally.

Program Goals

Program Requirements

The undergraduate degree in public health can be completed in four years. Requirements include coursework in the humanities, life sciences, behavioral and physical sciences, foreign languages, and public health. Many of the courses are structured such that they are sequential. Please refer to the course descriptions for prerequisites.

The academic minor requires 22 credits to complete. Requirements include 14 credits of public health coursework and 8 credits of approved electives.
Additional information about college policies is provided in the sections “Degree Requirements” and “
Academic Policies and Procedures.”

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Public Health major:

Academic Major in Public Health


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the major in Public Health.    
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology, LE (3)    
CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry, LE (4)    
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)—offered every semester    
PHIL 206/206D Introduction to Ethics, LE (3)    

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)
or
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)

   

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Public Health majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Prerequisite Courses 17–23  
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
PHIL 206/206D Introduction to Ethics, LE 3    
     

Take one of the following: 3–4
   
CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab, LE (4)   MATH 105 recommended
CHEM 106 Chemistry and Society, LE (3)    
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4)   co-requisites: MATH 141 or
equivalent
     
Take one of the following: 3–8    
BIOL 103 Human Anatomy (4)—offered fall    
BIOL 104 Human Physiology (4)—offered spring   BIOL 103 of consent of instructor
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology, LE (3)    
BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)   CHEM 112
     
Take one of the following: 4    
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)    
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE (4)    

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)

 

 

III. Lower Division Public Health Courses 13  
PUBH 101 Introduction to Public Health (3)    
PUBH 110 Health Professions and Organizations (3)    
PUBH 210 Infectious and Chronic Diseases (3)   BIOL 111

PUBH 250 Global Health (4)

 

 

IV. Upper Division Public Health Courses* 16  
PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4)   PUBH 101, 210
PUBH 310 Social and Behavioral Factors in Public Health (4)   PUBH 101, 210
PUBH 320 Environmental Health (4)   PUBH 305

PUBH 490 Capstone Public Health Research Project (4)

 

 see course description

V. Electives 16  

Students choose 16 hours of Public Health or related coursework, listed on the following pages.

   
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 70–76  

* A total of 30 upper-division credits (300 or above) are required for graduation.

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Public Health

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

LE Coursework

LE Coursework

Sophomore Year

LE Coursework
Foreign Language

LE Coursework
Foreign Language

Junior Year

PUBH 101
PUBH 210
PUBH 250

PUBH 110
PUBH 305
PUBH 310

Senior Year

PUBH 320
PUBH Elective (8)

PUBH 490
PUBH Elective (8)

 

 

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 14  
PUBH 101 Introduction to Public Health (3)    
PUBH 210 Infectious and Chronic Diseases (3)   BIOL 111
PUBH 250 Global Health (4)    

PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4)

 

PUBH 101, 210

II. Electives 8  
Four hours of Public Health or related coursework, 200 or above (4)    

Four hours of Public Health or related coursework, 300 or above (4)

 

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 22  

 


Suggested Elective Coursework

Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor. Because of the broad nature of public health, electives can be from a diverse number of departments and schools. Courses used as part of the major requirements cannot be used again as electives. The following are suggestions based on the student’s specific area of interest. Please note these courses may have prerequisites that will also need to be fulfilled:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Administration/Policy    
COMM 240 Introduction to Mass Media (4)    
COMM 324 Electronic Communication in the Global Community (4)    
COMM 340 Communication Theory and Persuasion (4)    
MGMT 205 Leadership Development (2)   PSYC 105 or INTR 100
MGMT 430 The Nonprofit Organization (4)    
MGMT 433 Organizational Behavior (4)   MGMT 305
PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy (4)    

PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

   
Life Sciences    
BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Lab (4)    
BIOL 104 Human Physiology and Lab (4)    BIOL 103 or consent of instructor
BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)    
BIOL 303 Microbiology and Lab (4)    BIOL 204, 205; CHEM 111, 112
BIOL 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)    BIOL 205 (pre-2011: BIOL 105); CHEM 304. BIOL 204 recommended
BIOL 402 Immunology and Lab (4)    BIOL 204, 205 (pre-2011: BIOL 105, 106, 331); CHEM 111, 112, 303. BIOL 303 recommended
CHEM 111–112 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab (4–4)    MATH 141 or equivalent
CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)    CHEM 103
CHEM 303–304 Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab (4–4)    CHEM 111, 112
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)    BIOL 205 (pre-2011: BIOL 105, CHEM 304. BIOL 204 recommended

ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4)

 

 

Social Sciences    
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)    
JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies (4)    
PSYC 216 Social Psychology (4)    PSYC 105
PSYC 363 Exploring Addictions (3)    PSYC 105
PSYC 420 Community Psychology (4)    PSYC 105 or SOC 105
SOC 313 Social Theory (4)    
SOC 345 Human Sexuality (4)    

SOC 390 Social Research Methods (4)

   MATH 150
Statistics/Informatics    
CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science (4)    
CMPT 202 Introduction to Data Structures (4)    CMPT 201
CMPT 307 Database Systems (4)    CMPT 202
CMPT 335 Computer Security (4)    CMPT 251
MATH 201B Calculus for the Life Sciences (4)    MATH 142 or consent of instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)    MATH 201 or 201B or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)    MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)    MATH 201
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences (4)    MATH 141

MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4).

   MATH 202